Investec Women’s Premier League
Sutton Coldfield Ladies 1st XI 3 Reading Ladies 1st XI 5
With Reading flying high in second position in the league and their wealth of internationals in the squad, Sutton always knew it was going to be a tough encounter.
Reading started the game with a high pace and intensity, moving the ball at speed over the pitch. The home team coped with this well and covered the ground, then breaking when the opportunities arose. Sutton held out the Reading attacking strike force for twenty minutes, until a strike into the top right-hand corner broke the deadlock.
Reading upped their pressure and scored another from open play just before half an hour had been played. With only a minute to go until half-time, Sutton conceded a penalty flick, which Reading capitalised on to go into the break with a three-goal advantage. The score-line didn’t reflect the tightness of the match throughout the first half.
After the break, Sutton came out with a renewed vigour and player of the match, Sarah Parkinson-Mills, converted a short corner for the home side. Sutton managed the Reading play-makers well, but the away team added a fourth to their tally. Sutton responded with another short-corner goal from Parkinson-Mills. With ten minute to go, Sutton were still in contention, however Reading broke through again to score a fifth goal. Emma Mccabe converted a third penalty corner for Sutton just before the final whistle.
Despite not taking any points from the game, Sutton were pleased with a strong team performance against some of the best players in the country, and fully competing throughout.
A massive thanks to all the organisers and spectators who came along to support ‘The Big Push’ event.
With three games to go, Sutton travel to Hightown today (Saturday 8th March) to fight for some crucial points in their quest to remain in the Premier League.
This weekends fixtures:
- W1 v Bowdon Away
- W2 v Harborne Away
- W3 v Lichfield Away
- W4 v REW Hockey Club Away
- W5 v UWLHC Home
- W6 v Leamington Home
- M1 v REW Hockey Club Away
- M2 v Nottingham Home
- M3 v Notts Uni Away
- M4 v Cannock Home
- M5 v Old Hales Home
- M6 v Warwick Away
- M7 v Lichfield Home
- M8 v Telford Wrekin Away
- M9 v Droitwich Spa Away
Next Saturday, 15th March, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre will be taken over in what promises to be a fantastic day of local arts organised by Made in Sutton.
Chaired by Ian Myatt who received the Sutton Coldfield Local Award for most inspirational person in 2013 and who runs the New Streetly Youth Orchestra, the council supported forum was set up in 2011 to promote and support arts based organisations across Sutton Coldfield.
And they will certainly be doing that in the town centre takeover when there will be a showcase of local arts talent on display and workshops to take part in.
Amongst the organisations already identified to take part in the event are:
Highbury Youth Theatre;
Manor Operatic Society;
New Streetly Youth Orchestra;
Tudor Musical Comedy Society;
Sutton Park Drums;
Highbury Theatre Centre;
Maney Hill School Choir;
Squirm Dance Company; and
Class Act Drama
The Our Place Mentoring Scheme which works directly with children, young people and parents in Sutton Coldfield are looking for new volunteer mentors to join their team.
Volunteers should be able to commit to supporting a child or young person for at least one hour per week for an initial period of 12 months.
Mentoring manager Kelly Round said, “We are looking for individuals with a range of skills and from a variety of different backgrounds. We are particularly keen to receive applications from people that have experience of working with children, young people or parents, have a background or understanding in behaviour or mental health or individuals that already have experience in mentoring.”
Volunteer mentors receive full training and successful applicants will benefit from an excellent annual training programme, the opportunity to network with other local mentors and will be completely supported through our supervision process.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Our Place Mentoring Scheme should contact Kelly Round on 0121 354 40 80 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisers of the Sutton Coldfield Community Games have confirmed that the sporting taster weekend is set to return to the town this summer. Two Sutton businesses have also pledged their support in helping to make the Games a success.
The free two-day multi-sports event – staged at Wyndley Leisure Centre and Clifton Road Youth Centre – will build on the success of the first Community Games, held in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and attended by over 5,000 local people.
This summer’s event will run across the weekend of 12th and 13th July, just ten days before the Commonwealth Games commence in Glasgow. The fun and interactive format seeks to give children, young people and adults an opportunity to try their hand at the enormous variety of sports played in and around Sutton Coldfield.
It’s currently estimated over 50 different sports will be represented, from mainstream team games like netball, hockey and football, non-traditional sports like skateboarding and paddle boarding, a range of athletic disciplines, Paralympic sports including Boccia and activities such as judo and taekwondo. The line up will also include activities such as Zumba and even a tug-of-war, and there’ll even be a teddy bear’s picnic for the small ones.
Estate agents Green & Co, which has longstanding history in the town, will be providing a package of support, including access to its network of branches and marketing might to raise awareness of the celebratory weekend.
Meanwhile, the WAA Foundation – the charitable arm of town centre-based marketing business, WAA – will be providing a wide programme of marketing activity in the run up to the Games, volunteers to help man the event, and financial support.
The agency has already created a colourful new logo and identity that will help unite all the different elements of the Games, and provide a clear identity that will apply not only to this year’s event but also future ones.
Sutton Coldfield Community Games’ founder, Dennis Kennedy – who was awarded the Olympic Legacy Award at last year’s Sutton Coldfield Sports Awards in recognition of the impact the first Community Games had in the town – said:
“I am genuinely chuffed that in the lead up to our next Community Games, Green & Co and WAA, two prominent Sutton businesses, are getting behind the idea and values of the Games. Both companies share our vision to promote fun and inspiration through sporting and cultural endeavours in our Community.
“It can only be a great thing for the people of Sutton and I can’t wait for this years Games!”
Chris Green, director of Green & Co comments:
“Green & Co are delighted to support the Sutton Coldfield Community Games. The Games provide a fantastic opportunity to bring the community together through the power of sport and I’d like to encourage everyone throughout Sutton Coldfield to get involved.”
Andy Wilson, CEO of WAA and chairman of the WAA Foundation adds:
“We think the Community Games is a terrific initiative that embodies all that’s great about sport, community and the good that can come from a great idea and a passionate team. The WAA Foundation was established to give something back to our community and we’re delighted to be in a position to help Dennis and his team of volunteers make this year’s Games an even greater success than the last.”
More details on the Games will be released over the coming weeks. Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Dennis via email@example.com or visit suttongames.co.uk/get-involved
A petition with 1,335 signatures was presented to Birmingham City Council yesterday requesting the re-opening of the Sutton Coldfield Registry Office
A further 106 signatures were submitted online through an e-petition run via the council website.
With an average of one hundred appointments per week last year the registry office served, not only the people of Sutton Coldfield but those of a large part of North Birmingham and areas outside of the city.
Anyone who who had a birth or a relative who died at Good Hope Hospital will have used the facility before it was closed as part of a council cost cutting exercise.
The closure was made over a very short time scale with little, if any, genuine consultation and questions raised by Councillor Philip Parkin (Con Sutton Trinity) during a recent full council meeting on when the decision was made to close the office were sidestepped.
Detectives investigating more than 100 cases of so-called ‘courier fraud’ in the West Midlands, which has included victims in both Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, have raided 10 addresses and arrested four people in connection with the crimes.
Officers from the West Midlands Economic Crime Unit (ECU) forced entry to nine properties in Perry Barr, Nechells, Aston, Kings Norton, Washwood Heath, Kitts Green and Wednesbury at 7am today (5 March).
Colleagues from the London Regional Fraud Team simultaneously raided a property in the Camden area of the capital as part of the major investigation.
A 58-year-old man was arrested at an address on Burns Road, Wednesbury and a 20-year-old man was arrested at a property on Gilden Crescent, Camden, both on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. A quantity of live ammunition has also been found at the Wednesbury address.
Three of the men are being held at police stations in the West Midlands, whilst the fourth is currently being transported from London as thorough searches continue at all 10 locations.
This morning’s action followed the arrests of two men aged 18 and 19 last night (4 March) in Birmingham city centre as a result of quick-time enquiries.
The number of courier fraud offences has risen dramatically in the West Midlands since the start of the year and officers have been working around the clock to close-in on suspected offenders.
Courier-fraudsters commit their crimes by cold-calling victims and claiming to be police officers. They then use a story to convince the person to hand their card to a courier who visits their home to collect it.
The key part of the fraud is that the phone line is left open by the thieves, which means when the victim calls their bank to confirm the story they’re actually speaking to the scammers.
Latest figures show 114 reported cases in the West Midlands area since 1 January 2014, with elderly victims being specifically targeted.
The recent spike prompted a major crime prevention drive by police last month as people were urged to warn elderly relatives and neighbours about the cruel phone con.
An 85-year-old victim, who lost £300 in a matter of minutes after handing over his card, branded the scammers “low-life cowards” and warned others not to fall for the ruse.
Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Atherley, from the West Midlands ECU, said: “The action we’ve taken over the last 24 hours has been the result of extensive enquiries; we’re hoping it will seriously disrupt these networks who seek to exploit vulnerable members of our community.
“The people responsible for committing these crimes are cold, calculated thieves; their tactic is to scare and confuse elderly people into handing over sensitive information − but the police and banks will never ask for your PIN over the phone, so you should always put down the receiver straight away.
“Despite today’s arrests, it is vital people remain vigilant to this scam, so if you’ve got elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please remind them never to disclose bank details or hand over cards to anyone.
“Our advice is always to be wary of unsolicited callers, whether on the phone or in person, and if in doubt, hang-up or close the door…and call police. Don’t get conned!”
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, Head of the London Regional Fraud Team, which is based out of the City of London Police, said: “This operation reveals courier fraud, with elderly people often being the targets, to be a wide reaching problem which is being met by a national law enforcement response.
“The consequences for innocent members of the public who fall victim to these fraudsters can be terrible, so it is absolutely vital people do not give their bank details or cards to anyone.
“Vigilance, coupled with enforcement action being taken by the West Midlands Economic Crime Unit and the London Regional Fraud Team is the best way to confront this scam now and in the future.”
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards
Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately
If you’ve been a victim call your bank and cancel your cards immediately − try to call from a different phone if reporting it immediately after being contacted by someone you believe was a scammer − and report it to West Midlands Police on 101.